The Bettendorf Bulldogs and the Pleasant Valley Spartans have united to heighten awareness regarding the dangers of using electronic devices while driving. Thanks to Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington and Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher several hundred T-shirts warning of the dangers of Texting While Driving will be given to the students and worn at the Bettendorf/PV basketball games on Friday, December 12, 2014.

During the past week, School Resource Officers Bruce Schwartz and Deputy Jayne Ruckoldt have been announcing statistics and displaying videos regarding the dangers.

On Friday, December 12, 2014, teachers will be asked to view with their students a 10 minute public service announcement regarding the dangers of texting and driving. The PSA was put out by AT&T and is presented from the perspective of people, especially teens, who have been impacted by the death or serious injury of someone who was texting and driving. Teachers are encouraged to discuss the video with students.

The three main types of driver distraction are: visual, manual and cognitive. Texting is the most alarming driver distraction because it involves all three types of distraction. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation texting makes drivers 23 times more likely to crash. This is not just a teen problem.

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